Ganja planter pleads for leniency
A landscaper from St Michael will have to wait at least a month to know his fate.
Neil Erwin Connell, 31, of Brydens Avenue, Brittons Hill, St Michael pleaded guilty to several drug charges when he appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant today.
Connell admitted to unlawful possession, trafficking, possession with intent to supply and cultivation of cannabis.
According to the facts presented by Prosecutor Sergeant Neville Reid, lawmen who were executing a search warrant at Connell’s residence found “loose” quantities of ganja in a box and on the dresser in the bedroom, while a search of the yard yielded a fully grown cannabis plant.
While being interviewed by police about the plant Connell said: “Sir I am being honest with you, it is my marijuana tree.”
In response to the loose cannabis he said, “I have it to smoke, I only smoke marijuana.”
According to police the “loose” cannabis has a combined weight of 4.5 kilogrammes, with an estimated street value of $19, 800.
However, after questioning the weight and value of the drugs found, which Connell maintained was not “worth that amount”, he pleaded with the court to show him some leniency.
“I have been honest about it, it was one tree, not a farm . . . I am asking the court to be lenient . . . I was hoping to get community service or a fine,” Connell said.
He was remanded until September 8, when he will return for sentencing.